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Infographic: The Open Textbook Challenge

November 15th, 2012 by · 5 Comments · infographic

This week’s infographic comes via and takes a look at the rising cost of textbooks.

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5 Comments so far ↓

  • Popup

    I simply don’t believe that college textbooks increased by 186% in 2004 alone!

    The graph surely represents cumulative increase since 1986, but it does so in a rather sloppy way.

  • Popup

    Yes, that’s what it looks like, but the graph is labelled ‘annual percentage increased’.

    The data might well be correct, but when it’s presented in such a sloppy fashion it’s hard to take it seriously.

  • Frustrated

    What a great, unintentional example of the kinds if poor presentation you are likely to get without a professional author and editorial team. You don’t see this in professional textbooks. Perhaps you do get what you pay for.

    • Nate Hoffelder

      You must not follow the same textbook publishing circles I do. This kind of mistake is less uncommon in paid textbooks than you might think.

      And what makes you say that the folks who release an OEM textbook aren’t pros?

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